Originally written on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 10/30/14

High school football is a very serious thing for millions of people around this great country. In many communities across America, the first kickoff at the local stadium is one of the most anticipated dates on the calendar. In some places, high school football is legit news... especially when there's a controversy surrounding the firing of a local PA announcer.

Holmes County Blue Devils public address announcer Rickey Callahan was relieved of his duties after 12 years serving the Bonifay, FL school. He says principal Eddie Dixon fired him for appearing in the stands at a playoff game last year supporting local rival Chipley. Callahan says he wanted to support Chipley representing the district, but someone powerful at Holmes County didn't appreciate the friendly support. The schools are located about 9 miles apart on US 90 in the Florida panhandle. You can listen to Callahan's side of the story and what he believes to be a politically motivated firing by Dixon in the news story above from WTVY in nearby Dothan, Alabama.

Again: a high school football public address announcer says he was fired for attending another school's playoff game. Here's hoping Rickey Callahan gets his job back because sometimes high school football is a way too serious thing.


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  • Now that is really stupid, no wonder our school system sucks.
  • wow! it's worse and worse in the u.s.a. now. Hope the people of that community go to bat for him. that is plain stupid. If my team doesn't make it on any level in any sport then usually I root for someone from my own league or division. and so on. This is high school. why should he root against a team in his district and only 9 miles away?
  • once again a school takes the postion that sports is more important than an education. I hope the principal learns his lesson by being the next to be fired
  • principal, and i use that word loosely, is a *******
  • ok i see my comment was censored. think of a synonym for donkey
  • Dumbest thing I have heard today. If these schools would put half the money they put into football into reading programs and actual learning, then I wouldnt keep running into such stupid people who cant spell anything! Ohhh... And give this guy his job back, he was just supporting the team down the street cause they actually made it, true sportsmanship would dictate that the kids at this school and the administration would have gone to cheer on the other team too.
  • Eddie Dixon and the "someone powerful at Holmes County" should both be strung up by their balls on a barbed wire fence ans set on fire.
  • Does he have a contract that says he can't chear another team...on his free time?? id get a lawyer and show them who's wrong!! it's a matter of principal. And they will have to take him back and give him a raise!!! best of luck!
  • This sure seems politically motivated to me. The principal sounds like a jacka** who can't get over the fact that the announcer has someone else in mind when voting for a new school superintendent. The Blue Devils were out of the playoffs already, and this guy just wanted to support a team from his conference. I do the same thing. If my team doesn't go all the way, I will usually root for the team that represents my team's conference. I hope the folks of Holmes County, FL raise enough of a stink to get this guy back in the booth. It's a volunteer position, but this guy's support and enthusiasm for his beloved Blue Devils is something that shouldn't be so callously tossed out due to something that has nothing to do with football.
  • I hope this guy brings a lawsuit!
  • if i where in this school system i would support getting rid of the highschool prin. for this he sound like a jerk and retard someone that does not need to be over kids at school learning......
  • Unbeleiveable!! What's next, firing a Pepsi worker for drinking a Coke? Firing the guy on fries at McDonalds for having a Wopper? This country is going right down the toilet. Time to move to Russia!
  • prin. eddie dixon will be lucky if he does not get the school sue'ed over violating this guys right... which is what i would do..if i was Rickey Callahan.
  • Typical Florida school system! i.e. the senior girl suspended because she protected a mentally challenged middle school girl from bullying on a school bus. School administrators in florida wouldn't qualify for janitor in MO!

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